The St. Clair Parks and Recreation Board is making plans for the city’s annual lighted Christmas parade, scheduled this year for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Entries still are being accepted. The “fee” to participate is five canned or nonperishable food items for unjudged floats or 10 food items for judged floats. All donated food will go toward the St. Clair Police Department’s cops and kids canned food drive.
All floats must be lighted. In addition, no floats can house Santa Claus lookalikes as the jolly, old elf travels through the city on his own float at the end of the parade.
“The city again this year is using the parade as a way to help feed the hungry in our area,” park board President Linda Luetje Nelson said. “We are hoping for an even better turnout than last year. All people have to do is make a lighted float and bring the cans of food with them.”
Luetje Nelson and other park board members are encouraging area churches, service organizations, school groups, businesses and others to get involved and help usher in Christmas by participating.
Immediately after the parade, Santa Claus will head to Main Street Park and help flip the switch to light the city’s caboose, which will be decorated by park board members prior to the celebration. Santa then will stick around and listen to area children’s Christmas wishes.
The parade route will remain the same. It begins on High School Drive and will travel to Bardot Street, East Springfield Road and South Main Street before ending on Kitchell Avenue.
All floats are asked to be ready to go and in position on High School Drive by 5:30 p.m.
The parade marshals will be the Friends for Change group that is spearheading the amphitheater project in Evergreen Park.
Fun With Santa
The annual parade will come on the heels of a reborn Fun With Santa event scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day at St. Clair Junior High School.
Fun With Santa is sponsored by St. John United Church of Christ and the St. Clair VFW Women’s Auxiliary and will be free for children up to age 12.
A similar event used to be sponsored in previous years by the St. Clair Jaycees.
During the three-hour activity, children can visit Santa Claus, eat lunch, play games, jump around in a bounce house and watch Michelle’s School of Dance dancers.
Other Float Rules
•To have a float judged, a form and 10 canned or nonperishable food items must be turned into city hall by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Forms are available at city hall.
•All entries must be lighted.
•All entries must be self-propelled, motor pulled or horse drawn.
•Units should be constructed and decorated so that viewing from either side is equally appealing.
•All entries must have an easily accessible fire extinguisher on board.
•Energy sources must be large enough to safely provide adequate power to meet the needs of the float.
•No one is allowed to get on or off the float once the parade begins.
•Throwing candy from floats is prohibited. However, each entry is encouraged to provide walkers to hand out candy.
For more information, contact city hall at 636-629-0333.